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The Mexican’ and The ‘Cancer of the South’: Discourses of Race, Nation and Anti-Blackness in Early 20th Century Debate on Mexican Immigration

Aragon, Margarita. 2016. The Mexican’ and The ‘Cancer of the South’: Discourses of Race, Nation and Anti-Blackness in Early 20th Century Debate on Mexican Immigration. Immigrants and Minorities, 35(1), pp. 59-77. ISSN 0261-9288 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

This article explores the flexible manner in which discourses of anti-black racism were employed within congressional debates on the proposed restriction of Mexican immigration at the end of the 1920s. I examine how both sides of this debate placed Mexicans within a particular historical narrative of race and nation, positioned in relation to a range of other populations, including Chinese and Japanese immigrants, Native Americans, Filipinos and Puerto Ricans. Within these narratives, slavery and the imagined Negro problem were particularly salient, being frequently used to orient racial interpretations of Mexican immigrants as well as the manner in which they were positioned in relation to other ‘racial elements’. Imprinted with US histories of slavery, conquest and empire, these discourses offer insight into the ambivalent interrelationships of American’s multiple trajectories of racism.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/02619288.2016.1246967

Keywords:

Mexicans, African Americans, immigrants, minorities, racism

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
24 November 2016Published
2016Accepted

Item ID:

23435

Date Deposited:

07 Jun 2018 13:32

Last Modified:

09 Jul 2018 17:46

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/23435

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